Dr Adrienne Harvey
Dr Adrienne Harvey is a Paediatric Physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience and 15 years research experience. She spent most of her previous clinical and research working life within the physiotherapy department and gait laboratory of the Royal Children's Hospital.
She completed a Masters of Physiotherapy by Coursework (Paediatrics) in 1998 and a PhD in 2008 through the University of Melbourne. Her PhD thesis examined functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy.
Dr Harvey secured a two year post-doctoral fellowship at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Canada in 2008. She currently works in Developmental Medicine and Rehabilitation four days per week on a range of research activities and one day per week in private physiotherapy practice.
She has lectured nationally and internationally and is one of the key developers and tutors for an online paediatric physiotherapy education package currently running through Monash University.
- Clinical Research Coordinator, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
- Research Physiotherapist Developmental Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital
- The “Anne McCoy Award" for outstanding contribution towards the advancement of paediatric physiotherapy in Victoria. The Australian Physiotherapy Association, 2013
- American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Student Travel Scholarship. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 2010
- Best Scientific Poster at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, 2006
Dr Adrienne Harvey's research interests include ensuring optimal outcomes for children with developmental disabilities, primarily cerebral palsy, and more recently chronic fatigue syndrome. She has a strong background in measuring the effectiveness of interventions and embedding outcome measurement into routine clinical care for prospective longitudinal data collection.
Her past research focused on measuring functional outcomes for ambulant children with cerebral palsy undergoing orthopaedic surgery. Whilst in the gait laboratory she was one of the key developers of the Functional Mobility Scale (FMS) and as part of her PhD examined its reliability and validity. The FMS is now used widely nationally and internationally and has been translated into over 10 different languages.
Adrienne's current research focuses on examining the evidence for a range of interventions used for children with cerebral palsy including medications and surgery. She is an Associate Investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy.
More recently, Adrienne was involved in setting up the chronic fatigue syndrome research program at Murdoch Childrensafter receiving a grant through the Mason Foundation (ANZ Trustees). This program involves a team of clinicians and researchers working together to improve the understanding and management of children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- The use of benzhexol hydrochloride in children with cerebral palsy and dystonia
- Evidence based scoliosis management for children with cerebral palsy
- Improving quality of care and outcomes in paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome
- Follow-up of children on the Victorian cerebral palsy register at age 5, 10 and 15 years.
Knight S, Harvey A, Lubitz L, Rowe K, Reveley C, Veit F, Hennel S, Scheinberg A. (2013). Paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: Complex presentations and protracted time to diagnosis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 49(11):919-24
Harvey A, Randall M, Reid S, Lee K, Imms C, Rodda J, Eldridge B, Orsini F, Reddihough D. (2013). Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: does gestational age affect functional outcome? Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34(9):2500-2506
Knight S, Sheinberg A, Harvey A. (2013). Interventions in Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Systematic Review. Journal of Adolescent Health. 53:154-165
Harvey A, Baker L and Williams K. (2013). Non-surgical prevention and management of scoliosis for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. What's the evidence? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Early online. D OI:10.1111/jpc.12177
Randall M, Harvey A, Imms C, Reid S, Lee K and Reddihough D. (2013). Reliable classification of functional profiles and movement disorders of children with cerebral palsy. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 33(3): 342-352
Harvey A, Rosenbaum P, Hanna S, Yousefi-Nooraie R, Graham HK. (2012) Longitudinal changes in mobility following single event multilevel surgery in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 44:137-143
Harvey A and Gorter JW (2011). Video gait analysis for ambulatory children with cerebral palsy: why, when, where and how! Gait and Posture. 33:501-503
Harvey A, Morris ME, Baker R, Wolfe R and Graham HK (2010). Reliability of the Functional Mobility Scale for children with cerebral palsy. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 30(2):139-149
Harvey A. (2010). Invited commentary on "Stability of parent reported manual ability and gross motor function classification of cerebral palsy". Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 52(2):114-115
Harvey A, Baker R, Morris, M, Hough J, Hughes M, Graham HK. (2010). Does parent report measure performance? A study of the construct validity of the Functional Mobility Scale. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 52(2):181-5
- Pat Cosh Trust
- ANZ Trustees
- Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation